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Biography of Albert P. Barry

Albert P. Barry was born on April 12, 1936, in New Haven, Connecticut.  He attended Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in History in June 1958.  In September of 1958, he commenced his training at Quantico, Virginia, in the U.S. Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in December 1958, and entered the Basic School where he was designated as an artillery officer and graduated in August 1959.  His first assignment was the 3rd Marine Division in Okinawa, Japan.

After 21 years of active duty, including tours with all three active Marine Divisions, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1979.  He served as an advisor to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, with a Marine Barracks as the Commanding Officer, and with the Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, as a Personnel Management and Assignment Officer.  In the Southeast Asia conflict, Lieutenant Colonel Barry spent two tours in the Republic of Vietnam, with duty as an Aerial Observer; twice as a Battery Commander, a Battalion Operations Officer; and as the Assistant Regimental Operations Officer.  Subsequent to earning a Master’s Degree, Distinguished Graduate (GPA 4.0) at Syracuse University under the U.S. Marine Corps Special Educational Program, he completed his career as the U.S. Marine Corps Liaison Officer in the United States Senate from July 1975 until August 1979.

Immediately following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, he joined the staff of a United States Senator as Legislative Director.  Continuing in the legislative field, he received an appointment to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Legislative Affairs and served for four years.  During this time, he was the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on all matters pertaining to Department of Defense Congressional Relations.  His responsibilities included the promotion of mutual understanding and cooperation between the Department of Defense and the Legislative Branch, the United States Congress.

Al left government service in September 1984, when he joined Sikorsky Aircraft; later joined Pneumo Abex Corporation; followed by AAI Corporation. He retired as Vice President of AAI Corporation Washington Operations in March 2006. He and his wife, Liz, were members of Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Columbia, S.C. They were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Virginia, on January 16, 1988. Surviving family in addition to his wife, Liz, include eight children, two step-children, three sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law, and twelve grandchildren. The children are Barbara Barry, Emily Helm, Paul Barry, Kathleen Mullins, Eileen Macleay, Beatrice McMurrer, Sarah Smith, Matthew Barry, Tanya Taylor, and Tom Taylor.

Al received Full Honors from his beloved U.S. Marine Corps on January 16, 2008, at Arlington National Cemetery. January 16, 2008, would have been Al and Liz's twentieth wedding anniversary.

His memberships included:  Capitol Marines Detachment, Marine Corps League; Syracuse Alumni Association; American Defense Preparedness Association; and National Security Industrial Association.

Congressional Record

During Al's last year, he received more than 800 cards and letters. He was loved and respected by many colleagues in the military, federal government and in the United States Congress. In addition to medals he earned in the U.S. Marine Corps, Al was honored several times during in the U.S. Congress Congressional Record for his service in to our Country while in uniform and during service at the U.S. Department of Defense and in defense industries.

For a complete text of the Congressional Record Tribute, please refer to a TRIBUTE TO LIEUTENANT COLONEL ALBERT P. BARRY by THE HON. JOHN P. MURTHA of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in The Congressional Record Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov] [DOCID:cr15ap08-57].

“Madam Speaker, Lt. Col. Albert Barry was a true American Patriot. He was a man who loved his family and did his duty to his country. He was unselfish in service and he was a great friend to many, including myself. I want to conclude my remarks by commending him for his life well lived and I want to thank him for his many years of service in helping to make our country great.”